Update on mail bombing threats--not so funny

Allan Chong allan at bellsouth.net
Thu Jan 9 22:10:37 UTC 1997

Vadim Antonov wrote:

One possible solution is just to have recourse after the fact.
If you as an ISP have their credit card/phone billing, and have
a policy that explicitly states that either:

1) you will charge $100/hr to cleanup revenge email that they
were responsible for directly.

2) you will charge them $.25/message for every mail message over
1000 sent outgoing (this doesn't handle using another sites mail 

3) you charge for bandwidth or something like that making sure you
set the limits such that normal dialup users won't see any charges.

Even despite the inevitable chargebacks, many spammers would decide that
fighting with the credit card company isn't worth it.

There are a lot of ISPs spending a large amount of time/$ tracking
down this sort of thing and in the end it isn't very productive.
I see a general lack of policy for dealing with spam almost 


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